Great Gatsby’s Baz Luhrmann Eyes An Elvis Presley Biopic

Baz-LuhrmannA couple of weeks ago it was revealed that Moulin Rouge and Great Gatsby’s Baz Luhrmann is in talks to helm a movie version of the 70s TV show Kung Fu. However that’s now the only film he’s considering, as TheWrap reports he’s circling a biopic of Elvis Presley.

Kelly Marcel (Saving Mr. Banks) is writing the script for the film, which currently doesn’t have a title.

It’s not known if this will just cover part of his life or be a birth to death biopic. The latter seems likely as Warner Bros. has apparently secured the rights to ‘all musical components in Presley’s catalog for this project.’

That certainly helps set it about from the numerous Elvis based projects that are in the works.

It’s certainly a project that could fit Luhrman’s visual style, from Presley’s birth in Depression-era Mississippi, through the sequin jumpsuits of his Vegas era. Baz hasn’t signed on quite yet, but if he does a deal is expected to be completed soon.

Great Gatsby Director Baz Luhrmann Gets Ready For Kung Fu

Baz-LuhrmannLast week it was revealed that Universal Pictures and Legendary are pushing forward with a film version of the classic 1970s TV series, Kung Fu. Now THR reports that a perhaps unexpected name is in talks to direct, Moulin Rouge and Great Gatsby’s Baz Luhrmann.

Rich Wilkes (xXx, Marvel’s Iron Fist) has been working on the script, but assuming Luhrmann does sign up, he’ll also want to rewrite the screenplay.

The original Kung Fu TV series starred David Carradine as Kwai Chang Caine, a Shaolin monk who roams the American heartland, long for his missing half-brother. This movie version will be set in China, where Caine is searching for his father. The current version of the script has him ending up in jail, where he must fight to survive.

Luhrmann has never made an action movie before (he was flirted with the western on more than one occasion though), although his stylized, rather hyperbolic moviemaking methods could certainly make this an interesting visual feast.

Hopefully he’ll actually get the movie made as a film version of Kung Fu has been in development for years, most recently with Bill Paxton attached to direct back in 2011.

Baz Luhrmann Sought For Napoleon Miniseries, Based On A Stanley Kubrick Script

Baz-LuhrmannA few weeks ago rumours started swirling that Steven Spielberg was planning to resurrect Napoleon, the biopic Stanley Kubrick had been working on for decades and for which he’d written a screenplay, but which he never got to make.

Rather than a film the plan is to make it into an HBO mini-series, with Spielberg producing, and Deadline reports that he’s set his sights on Moulin Rouge and Great Gatsby’s Baz Luhrmann to direct. However nothing has been signed and apparently deals are a long way from being made.

Some have described Kubrick’s Napoleon as ‘the greatest movie never made’, although that is of course easy to say about a film no one ever got to see. He spent years researching the French leader, and promised studio executives that it would be the greatest movie ever, but Hollywood refused to fund it. Now we’ll just have to wait and see whether Luhrmann is the one to make it a reality.

The Great Gatsby (DVD)

When it was first announced that Warner Bros. was making a $100+ million version of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, many wondered why on earth they would spend so much on a literary adaptation – which aren’t traditionally massive box office successes – even if it was directed by Baz Luhrmann. There was some logic to it though. First is that Luhrmann has had huge success taking the historical and turning it into profitable spectacle with the likes of Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge. Secondly it attracted big names like Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire. [Read more...]

The Great Gatsby (Cinema)

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It’s been just over 20 years since Baz Luhrmann swished his way into the film industry with the ultra-camp Strictly Ballroom. Since then he has only directed three films – the exciting Romeo and Juliet, the manic and colourful Moulin Rouge, and the very forgettable Australia.

Baz has now returned with his controversial version of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s American classic, The Great Gatsby. [Read more...]

Leonardo DiCaprio & Tobey Maguire Soak In The Jazz Age In A New Great Gatsby Poster

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This week we’ve already had characters posters and a trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, and now another poster has emerged, showing Leonardo DiCaprio’s Jay Gatsby and Tobey Maguire Nick Carraway enjoying a spin through Jazz era New York.

The Great Gatsby follows would-be writer Nick Carraway as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz, bootleg kings, and sky-rocketing stocks.  Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby, and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy (Carey Mulligan), and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton).  It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. As Nick bears witness, within and without of the world he inhabits, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy, and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles.

The film hits US cinemas on May 10th and the UK on May 17th. Click below for larger versions of the new character posters.

New The Great Gatsby Trailer – Leonardo DiCaprio & Tobey Maguire enter a fantastical jazz age


When it was announced The Great Gatsby was getting delayed from a Christmas to a summer release, many wondered if the film would flounder in a season normally devoted to superheroes and action movies, but if this trailer is anything to go by, Baz Luhrnmann’s movie certainly has the feel of an effects driven, fantastical flick.

And despite F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel being one of the defining works of the jazz age, it also appears the movie will be full of anachronistic music – which we could easily have guessed from the fact Jay-Z was hired to help oversee the soundtrack. The trailer alone has music from Beyoncé, André 3000, Lana Del Rey, and Florence + The Machine.

The film is certainly going to be an interesting one to look out for. The Great Gatsby follows Tobey Maguire’s Nick Carraway, who gets caught up in the high society of Long Island in the 1930s, where he meets the rich, enigmatic Jay Gatsby (Leonardo Dicaprio), and uncovers the desires and machinations of those around him. It’s a great story that’s still waiting for a definitive film version, which hopefully Luhrmann can provide. Elizabeth Debicki, Joel Edgerton and Isla Fisher also star.

The film reaches US cinemas of May 10th and the UK on May 17th, 2013. [Read more...]

New Posters For The Great Gatsby, This Is The End and Pain & Gain

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New posters have shown up online for The Great Gatsy, This Is The End and Pain & Gain, which you can see above and below. The Gatsby poster comes just a few hours before we’ve been promised a new trailer for the Baz Luhrmann’s take on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel, so look out for that.

Michael Bay’s Pain & Gain sees Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson as two Florida bodybuilder who get caught up in a kidnapping that spirals way out of hand. This Is The End, meanwhile, sees the likes of James Franco, Danny McBride and Jonah Hill playing versions of themselves as they deal with the end of the world in LA.

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Leo Dicaprio, Tobey Maguire & More Look Classy In New Great Gatsby Character Posters

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It’s not too long now until the May release of Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, and to get people interested, a new set of character posters have been released, featuring Leo Dicaprio as Jay Gatsby, Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway, Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan, Isla Fisher as Myrtle Wilson, Joel Edgerton as Tom Buchanan, and Elizabeth Debicki as Jordan Baker.

The Great Gatsby follows would-be writer Nick Carraway as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz, bootleg kings, and sky-rocketing stocks.  Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby, and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy, and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan.  It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. As Nick bears witness, within and without of the world he inhabits, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy, and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles.

The film hits US cinemas on May 10th and the UK on May 17th. Click below for larger versions of the new character posters.

The Great Gatsby Trailer – Leo DiCaprio & Tobey Maguire star in Baz Luhrmann’s movie


Just yesterday we posted a quartet of character posters for Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming adaptation of The Great Gatsby. Now we’ve not just got another one, featuring Carey Mulligan’s Daisy Buchanan, but also a brand new trailer for the film, which suggests this is going to be an incredible looking 3D movie.

The Great Gatsby follows Tobey Maguire’s Nick Carraway, who gets caught up in the high society of Long Island in the 1930s, where he meets the rich, enigmatic Jay Gatsby (Leonardo Dicaprio), and uncovers the desires and machinations of those around him. It’s a great story that’s still waiting for a definitive film version, which hopefully Luhrmann can provide. Elizabeth Debicki, Joel Edgerton and Isla Fisher also star.

Interesting the trailer gives things a bit of a thriller angle and make Gatsby seem much more outgoingly flamboyant than he is in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s book, as he’s more of a hidden away mystery to most people in the novel. We’ll be able to see whether Luhrmann’s film is a success when it’s released on May 17th, 2012.

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